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Old 06-13-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default cockpit room: roadster vs. roadster pickup

Is there a significant difference in leg room in a roadster vs. a roadster pickup? The roadsters seem larger, but this may just be my eyes. I'm considering bodying an "A" frame.
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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I don't think the 28 29's have enough room for anybody. I have 2 phaetons and a roaster and roadster pickup. They are all small. Doors are the same on roadster and pickup. I really cannot tell any difference, really hard to enter or exit with the top up.
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:31 PM   #3
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I am a large lad, shopping at Wayne Bryant's, the men's version of Lane Bryant. That said, I have a friend who is considerably larger in girth than me. He restored a 29 roadster years ago and still drives it to this day. I can fit in the roadster but wasn't sure about the pickup,
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:07 PM   #4
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Here's an overlay that I saved from somewhere (Marco's I think) that shows how much more interior room there is in a roadster.
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Old 06-13-2015, 04:50 PM   #5
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Randy;

Thanks. That pretty much decides it. I sat in a phone booth A truck a couple of times. The first one wasn't fit for a contortionist. The second had the seat modified and I could get in, but I doubt if I would have been comfortable for long. The roadster looks like the way to go. I like either body style.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:45 PM   #6
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I have a 1928 Roadster Pickup and it is a tight fit. Getting in and out is doable but I learned to put my right foot next to the shifter first. Then sliding the rest of me in.
I'm 6'2" 215lbs. I've never driven on a long trip but I can imagine that one would need to stop often to stretch.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:15 PM   #7
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Before I bought a roadster body for my A V8 I sat in a 29 and a 30. The seat frame in 29 is closer to front door pillar making it dificult in and out. The 30 has more room. I am 6'2" and went with the30 although I like the style of 28-29.

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Old 06-14-2015, 03:21 PM   #8
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Default Re: cockpit room: roadster vs. roadster pickup

At 5'10"-170lbs, I can get in either one with minimum issue, but find the Roadster has more leg room which should be good for long distance touring.

The Pickup has less legroom and forces one to sit up straight (good for the back). Surprisingly, I feel less fatigued in it after long hauls.

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Old 06-14-2015, 04:35 PM   #9
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We have a '28 roadster and a '29 touring car, and my nephew has a '28 roadster pickup. There is a world of difference between our two and my nephew's roadster pickup - ours seem to allow for more leg room. But with that said, the '30 - '31 models seem more spacious still since they have wider doors (I believe by two+ inches) and therefore much easier access. I like the roadster pickup as far as its appearance, but would not own one given the rather tight quarters - comparatively speaking. Good luck with your choice.
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I want to build a flathead powered, Tardel style roadster on an original A frame. For aesthetic reasons, I prefer the 29. I've sat in a couple and I think I could live with one for an hour or two run but the roadster-pickup suits my needs better for a kick-around vehicle. Eastern Tennessee has lots of good roadster weather.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:05 PM   #11
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I have both a Roadster and a Roadster pickup. The Roadster has more room but is still tight. I have to get in the Roadster pickup from the passenger side. Wayne
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I live in Danville, California. I drove a 29 closed cab pickup to Portland, OR and back. Sold it very soon after because of the lack of room. I drove my 29 roadster to Addison Tx and back and to many other shorter drives, Tahoe, Reno, Santa Maria and San Diego via Hwy 1. I still have it and intend to keep it. Miserable to get in and out of but seems to have better room once I'm in. I have short legs and a long body that didn't seem to fit into the pickup all that well. With the top down the roadster is easy to enter and exit, but not so with the top up. The worst part of the truck was no wiggle room for feet and it was very hot, partially due to a Cragar overhead valve setup that was the earlier iron one.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:37 PM   #13
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I have a friend that is over six foot and a large frame. He has a 29 phaeton and moved the seat back a few inches to make driving more comfortable. You can hardly tell it has been modified. Just an idea for you.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:50 AM   #14
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Leg room? It is all about the belly room these days. Anything Coupe/Roadster has belly drag. I think the value of Tudors/Fordors, etc will only skyrocket as our cheeseburger diets grow!
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:39 AM   #15
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It's a hot rod? Who friggen cares? You like the RP? Build your own seat backs from dense foam and wood, or build a wrap-around affair to the sides. Lower or raise the seat cushion. You have no rules to follow. FWIW, I drive a March 31 CCPU and I'm 6'2" and close to 250#. Comfy? No. Cozy? Yes. Long trips? Not yet...
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